It seems the hip hop industry in Australia is full of freebies at the moment and the first i’m going to talk about is the offering from Crate Cartel. Geko drops a free EP titled The Appointment, which is basically the end result of a weekend spent in the studio with Doc Savage in early 2009 and some extra remixes by Jase. 9 tracks (including the remixes) of Crate Cartel hip hop, direct from Melbourne, Australia that you can get free of charge
Late last year, after a heavy release schedule of great albums, Shogun Distribution quietly disappeared, it seems they declared bankruptcy. Over the past few months, all of their catalogue has disappeared from iTunes and most are unable to be ordered from stores that don’t already have stock; It seems as far as some record stores are concerned, Shogun just doesn’t exist anymore. Some artists have got new distribution deals and their stuff is leaking back through digital distribution channels again, others are left stranded, money blown.
I purchased pretty much EVERY cd from the 2009 Shogun release catalogue and most of 2008, on the faith that by doing so i was supporting the artist and ensuring that things I enjoyed listening to would continue to exist. However it seems that perhaps my support in some cases hasn’t be passed onto the artists and I want to know why, as i’m sure many others do. Yes bankruptcy kind of absolves company owners of having to personally foot the bill for failed ventures, but morally this is off the chart.
As a fan i feel what happened here needs to be opened up and put in public, as a website owner and writer, i feel i’m in a position to help people do this. So i’m putting it out there now, if anyone wants to discuss this with me to set the record to the public, theres a contact link at the top of this page. We don’t have to mention names, let’s just open this thing up, artists got screwed for their hard work and that’s not cool, call it out for what it is, don’t hide behind a false hope of getting your money .
The fans, the people who really support hip hop, are wondering why all that good music just disappeared and no ones saying a thing.
Mandle and Planz drop a video for the track Yellow Fever, the description on youtube somes it up best.
Since we couldnt hire a video camera or a camera crew in thailand without a permit, and couldnt get a permit without submitting our lyrics to the thaiwanese government, which would equal jail time for sure, we were forced to shoot this on our digital camcorder (on a budget of $13.27) in the confines of our hotel room with a few hookers…. i mean “dancers”. Fucking gay homo laws. well anyway.. here is the outcome….
Melbourne’s top Sherrif, Rosco caught up with Evidence from Dilated Peoples when he was in Australia over the new years break; If you missed seeing Dilated Peoples in your home state, you really did miss out. You can catch the whole interview below, un-edited. Thanks to Sherrif Rosco and everyone envolved in Top Billin on RRR for all their hard work and a top radio show.
Due to the unfortunate bankruptcy of their distributor, the lads at Nine High are left high and dry with a dead distribution deal and no doubt a whole slew of problems that come with such an issue. But in the face of it all they’re smiling and offering you their entire album online for free.
I’ve embedded it below, so have a listen and then you can head to sendspace and grab it free.
Over at Golden Era Records they’re pushing out some new merchandise for The Funkoars. It looks like they’ve added 2 new t-shirts and a hat, you can check them out below and order them right now over at Golden Era Records. There’s also plenty of other merchandise over there for the Hilltop Hoods, so make sure you have a look through the online store.